Gardeners! Help me identify this flower, please.

These flowers popped up this spring. No idea what they are (I'm not a good gardener.) The stalks are about four feet high, They're pretty and yielded flowers for me to cut all summer, but I am curious to know what they are.

(The quality of the photo isn't's windy out today.)
q gardeners help me identify this flower please
  15 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 23, 2017
    they are Zinnia

  • Debra Thompson Debra Thompson on Sep 23, 2017
    Looks like zombie to me

  • Kim Kim on Sep 23, 2017
    Those look like beautiful Zinnias to me! They should reseed and be back next year with any luck!!!

    : )

  • Debra Thompson Debra Thompson on Sep 23, 2017
    Spell checker screwed up my answer--zinnia

  • Lori Lori on Sep 23, 2017
    Zinnia for sure!

  • PJ Wise PJ Wise on Sep 23, 2017
    These are zinnias. Zinnias are annuals that occasionally self-seed. These are beautiful specimens.

  • Jeri Jeri on Sep 23, 2017

  • Stephrcourt Stephrcourt on Sep 23, 2017
    Zinnias are right. To add more color and texture buy seeds and plant different varieties in the spring. they are great pollinators and lots of butterflies and even hummingbirds love them.

  • Carol Thompson Carol Thompson on Sep 24, 2017
    Okay, so I'm feeling pretty stupid about now. Zinnias (and Zombies) are common flowers, right? Thanks everyone, for your help. Much appreciated.

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Sep 25, 2017
    Zinnias are very popular in my region and, occasionally, they will "volunteer" or come back the next year. They are popular with hummingbirds, too.

    • Carol Thompson Carol Thompson on Oct 05, 2017
      Swan, I was so excited to see that the flowers did attract a hummingbird! But, it would just flit from flower to flower, never staying at one for more than a second or two. Are they really getting any nectar from the flowers? Or is it just the colors that attract them? I don't see many hummingbirds around here, so I'm eager for it to hang around. I've been meaning to buy a hummingbird feeder and put it out.

  • Stella Erdody Stella Erdody on Sep 25, 2017
    That’s zinnia

  • Kba28478716 Kba28478716 on Sep 25, 2017
    Yes its a zinnia. How lucky you are to have them pop up. They've been around for ages and come in more varieties and colors than Carter's got pills!!

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Oct 05, 2017
    Hummingbirds are fast and almost spastic little creatures. It doesn't take them long to extract even the tiniest bit of nectar from any flower. The way their bodies are made, they don't often "perch," but sometimes you'll see one appearing to sit on a branch or a limb. They're wonderful to observe and I'm sorry ours have left for the season. The only one left is the "scout." He/she is the first one to arrive every spring and the last one to leave in the fall. We love our little hummers.